HANOI – Local airports are seeing a huge number of passengers flying from southern provinces to northern Vietnam for the Lunar New Year holiday, but bad weather over the past few days has resulted in flight cancellations or diversions.
National flag carrier Vietnam Airlines announced that dense fog and scattered showers recently occurred in the north, resulting in poor visibility that affected the landing of aircraft at the northern airports such as Noi Bai, Thanh Hoa and Vinh.
The flight schedules of Vietnam Airlines were changed depending on weather conditions to ensure flight safety.
Due to thick fog, on January 25, five flights departing from HCMC to Vinh could not land and had to be diverted to the Hanoi-based Noi Bai airport in the evening. Six other flights were canceled or rescheduled to depart on January 26, leaving passengers exhausted and the carrier with mounting losses.
Flights from HCMC to Vinh operated by other local carriers, including Vietjet, Bamboo Airways and Pacific Airlines, were also affected.